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Norfolk Academy's Philosophy

The Norfolk Academy is...

...a college preparatory coeducational day school that strives to assist its students to develop maturity of body, mind, and character.  We hope to engender an awareness and appreciation of intellectual, aesthetic, and moral excellence in a setting that offers well-developed programs, not only in the academic disciplines, but also in fine arts, athletics, and service to others. 

We aim...

...to prepare students to become ultimately useful and responsible citizens of a democracy. We strive to make them aware of their role in creating a just society.  We are committed to the spiritual and ethical values of the Judeo-Christian heritage and envision that these will become a part of the being of each member of the Norfolk Academy community.

Norfolk Academy seeks...

to offer a coordinated program for students, building and expanding on knowledge and experience from grades one through twelve, encouraging responsible participation in a variety of school activities, providing opportunities for leadership training and facilitating interaction with the community beyond the school.  We are committed to the principles of academic freedom.  We trust that students and faculty will be stimulated to continue to teach, learn and explore, to think practically and creatively, and to move toward understanding and wisdom.

Aware of a tradition...

...of academic excellence that dates from 1728 and sensitive to the need for meeting change, the Academy attempts to maintain high standards, both academic and ethical, for students and faculty.  We believe that the honor system is the embodiment of these ideals.  We aim to provide a balanced program for individual growth and to guide and measure the progress of each student.

We are committed...

...to the enrollment of boys and girls who show promise of intellectual curiosity and who come from families of varied social, economic, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.  We believe that teachers should be knowledgeable in their fields and should understand and enjoy the ways young people learn and grow.  We believe that the interest and talents of these teachers should enable them to assume responsibilities outside the classroom in guidance, athletics, and activities.

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